Bumthang Heritage Tour offers an opportunity to explore additional places of interest in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, another fascinating destination is the sacred valley of Bumthang. The picturesque drive to Bumthang takes us through regions profuse in flora and fauna several magnificent mountain passes and places of great historical importance. The Tangsa Dzong is a prime example. It is by far the largest Dzong in the country and was in olden times the seat of the dominant power in feudal Bhutan. The three hours' drive from Tongsa takes you up to a height of 12000 feet (Yotolg pass) and then down to 9000 feet to the valley of Bumthang. Considered the most sacred valley, Bumthang has a rich variety of religious historical sites and ancient palaces of the ruling family of the valley. The cultural trip of Bumthang also includes a three days walking excursion to the sanctified spot where Guru Padmasambhava meditated. He was the great saint who converted the Bhutanese from pagan worshippers to peace love.
Bumthang Heritage Tour – itinerary
Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu or Bangkok to Paro Transfer to Thimphu Hotel.
Morning flight from Kathmandu to Paro by Bhutan Airline or Druk Air and Transfer to Thimpu. While flying, you will have great opportunity to see the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. When you arrive in Paro our representative will be pick up you from paro airport after immigration formalities and baggage arrival then transfers you to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan which is 55Km far from Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing and explore in Thimpu Valley
After breakfast, you will be process to sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch service in Thimpu we process to visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops. Evening drive past Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. After City sightseeing transfer to same hotel.
Day 03: Drive from Thimpu to Trongsa and Sightseeing at Trongsa
Early this morning after Breakfast you will be transferred to Trongsa, the ancestral house of the Royal Family of Bhutan which is 220km far from Thimpu and it takes around 6 hours by car. Enroots you will visit via Wangdue Phodrang and Pelela Pass. Late afternoon you will visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.
Day 04: Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang and Sightseeing at Bumthang
This morning after breakfast you will transfer to Bumthang, valley lies at an altitude of 2600 metres which is 70km form Trongsa and it takes 03 hours driving by private vehicles. Trongsa Dzong, the largest dzong at a striking location, is an important administrative building, providing the headquarters of the government of Trongsa District. Trongsa provides a strategic central location to control Bhutan and for centuries it was the seat of the Wangchuck dynasty of penlops, who effectively ruled over much of eastern and central Bhutan, and from 1907 have been Kings of Bhutan. This valley is the religious heartland of Bhutan and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples. This afternoon you will visit Jambey Lhakhang, a monastery built in 7th century, proceed to Kurjey Lhakhang also visit Jakar Dzong built in the year 1549. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Day 05: Drive from Bumthang to Punakha and Sightseeing at Punakha
After breakfast drive from Bumthang to Punakha valley which takes three hours drive and around 76km distance. A wide range of the east Himalayan ranges are visible from the pass on a clear day. Also on the pass, you will see the 108 Druk Wangyel Stupa built by one of the queen mothers of Bhutan. Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Day 06: Punakha Valley Exploration and then Drive to Paro
After Breakfast you will visit the Punakha Dzong, after short hike to Chimi Lhakhang passing through village houses and rice fields. Chimi Lhakhang is a special monastery for sterile women, a place of worship for fertility. Afternoon drive from Punakha to Paro city. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 07: Full Day Sightseeing and explore in Paro Valley
After breakfast visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which is houses National Museum in Paro. After Ta Dzong you visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning which has a long and fascinating history. After lunch, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. You may take a short stop at Satsam Chorten for a view of famous Taktsang Monastery. You also explore 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 08: Final Departure or alternatively join other program
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities in Paro airports.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made program to suit your equipments. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as trekking in Nepal and cultural tour in Nepal, overland tour in Tibet, etc...
Trip cost: The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.